West Suffolk health cuts at a glance

If the recommendations to the Suffolk West PCT board are accepted:32 inpatient beds at Walnuttree Hospital and the 16 inpatients beds at Newmarket Hospital would be closed.

If the recommendations to the Suffolk West PCT board are accepted:

32 inpatient beds at Walnuttree Hospital and the 16 inpatients beds at Newmarket Hospital would be closed.

Diagnostic, treatment and day therapy services, including x-ray and the majority of outpatient specialities, would continue in Sudbury.

Those services currently provided at St Leonard's Hospital, Sudbury, would be transferred to the town's Walnuttree Hospital, with St Leonard's then closed and sold.


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Walnuttree would continue to provide services until they were transferred to a new health and social care centre in Sudbury, due to open at the end of 2007, and the Walnuttree closed.

Services at Newmarket Hospital would be developed, with the continued provision of outpatient clinics - led by consultants or other professionals - specialist clinics, diagnostic services and a modern general practice.

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Beds would be commissioned in the independent, charitable or voluntary sector - six in both the Sudbury and the Forest Heath or Newmarket areas.

Intermediate care teams would also be created to serve those areas enabling more people to be cared for at home rather than in a hospital bed.

The transitional period, between the current services and the new plans, would be increased from three to six months.

Proposals to close the Heathfields Respite Unit, Newmarket, for adults with a severe learning disability would be rejected.

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